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Est. April 5, 2002
September 03, 2015 - Issue 619

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Election 2016

By Muata Greene

"The liberal elite have no problem with
African Americans or other oppressed
people as long as we keep our place and
don't surpass them ideologically and mentally."

As I watched the blow by blow, word by word coverage of the primary season in America and of the Democratic primaries, I thought that this is the period in the United States of America when the ideology of "Paternalistic Liberalism" has reached its ultimate.

You ask, what is Paternal Liberalism?  Paternal is a late middle-English word meaning father, belonging to a father. Liberalism - a middle-English word denoting a freeman, social reformer, easy going, unselfish.

The above meanings conflict one another in my opinion, because it becomes very difficulty to be both father-like and parental and yet liberal to your off spring - or should I say to people who historically have been kept under you - tutelage. This ideology is very prevalent from the right and, yes, the left too.

Let's look at the Democratic primary and how the Democratic Party liberals went after a young man of mixed heritage, of a darker hue. Senator Barack Obama in a very eloquent way along the way to the nomination tried to run a "post racial campaign;" then came his victory on Super Tuesday. He won in South Carolina, so it was dubbed the Black primary, when all the Democrats were fighting it out for the African American vote. The African American electorate became torn between the Clinton state of the art machine and Obama's hope for a new "race free America."  Paternal Liberalism, which affects the actions of the oppressors and the oppressed, had some Black people saying they would not vote for Obama because they believe it wouldn't make a difference - that somebody in a high up position would find a way for him to lose.

This patriarchal system that was created during slavery in the south is part of America, and has developed over the decades where it has ideological roots in white America. The liberal elite have no problem with African Americans or other oppressed people as long as we keep our place and don't surpass them ideologically and mentally. This is the other part of the so called "glass ceiling."

I have experienced this in the left also, as an activist for 30 plus years, where liberal elite progressives in many venues always want to direct me ideologically and tell me what it means to be progressive and as long as I do not challenge their perception in the open they are happy, but when I mix it with my own theory based on practice study and practice - then it then becomes a issue.

The purpose of this ideological statement is to open a honest dialogue about race and chauvinism on all levels of United States politics, in order to make real strides in building the new post racial, with working class power and a socialist economy. Guest Commentator Muata Greene is a New York-based activist, a member of AFSCME Local 2507,& Center for Labor Renewal Endorser.She can be reached at [email protected].

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